Two Crashes Occur at Same Intersection Saturday

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

History repeated itself not once, but twice, in La Cañada Flintridge with two different vehicles crashing into businesses at the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard last Saturday.
A car collided into Hill Street Café early Saturday morning, and hours later, another vehicle speeding down the highway crashed into neighboring businesses Veruca Salt and Compass Real Estate.
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Flock Cameras Praised at Community Meeting

Capt. Todd Deeds

The captain of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station recently lauded the license plate-reading cameras installed throughout La Cañada Flintridge, with Mayor Mike Davitt indicating support for additional devices in the future.
The Flock Safety cameras, which the city installed in August, quickly became a topic of discussion during a public meeting between local officials and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, including Sheriff Alex Villanueva. In response to a question from an LCF resident about the cameras at the April 6 virtual forum, Capt. Todd Deeds credited them for helping the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station solve recent crimes.
Dozens of the devices are planted throughout LCF, automatically reading license plates and sending the data to law enforcement. The data can also be shared between county departments, allowing a wider net to be cast when it comes to tracking stolen or suspicious vehicles.
“They have been a great asset to us here at the station as far as crime prevention and being able to solve crimes. Just a tremendous help,” Deeds said.
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City’s Public Works Paints Over Graffiti on Angeles Crest

Graffiti appeared overnight last weekend outside a private residence on the corner of Olive Lane and Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge, adding to residential concerns regarding unruly speeding and behavior recently along the ACH. After the city of LCF was notified, the public works department teamed up to paint over the graffiti early in the week.

CV Sheriff’s Station Ramps Up Patrols of Angeles Crest Highway

Photo courtesy Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station
Todd Deeds, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station captain, had more deputies patrolling Angeles Crest Highway last weekend after residents expressed concern regarding speedy drivers. The station issued a total of 36 citations.

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station took action and deployed more resources to patrol Angeles Crest Highway after hearing from the Public Works and Traffic Commission and the La Cañada Flintridge community.
Deputies issued 36 citations last weekend, 26 of which were for speeding. Several drivers cited were reportedly going over 70 mph in a 45-mph zone.
“We’re going to keep up with our efforts on Angeles Crest Highway,” CV Station Capt. Todd Deeds said Wednesday. “We realize the problem has gotten worse over time and we’re going to be proactive in our enforcement in the months to come.”
Residents and city commissioners expressed concerns in a meeting on Jan. 20 and claimed they have heard drivers racing on the highway. However, Deeds said he had not seen or heard any races in La Cañada.
Speeding down the highway isn’t the only concern, according to Deeds. Deputies also wrote 10 citations for drivers using their cellphones while driving.
“That’s a huge concern because we hear all the time about horrific accidents because people were distracted and texting,” he said. “That is why we are enforcing those laws. Please obey the traffic laws and be mindful of everyone else around you.”

City to Consider Controls on Angeles Crest Highway Speeding

The La Cañada Flintridge Public Works and Traffic Commission will add traffic control on Angeles Crest Highway to a future agenda after reading and hearing public comments in a virtual meeting last week.
Several residents expressed concern over cars and motorcycles speeding down the highway — especially during the weekend — and claim to hear illegal races occurring on Angeles Crest Highway from Friday evening through Sunday.
Collisions from the alleged races have left debris in local yards, and traveling at such high speeds can endanger pedestrians and other drivers — notably when they are trying to turn out of residential streets and onto Angeles Crest Highway. Residents also complained that many of the vehicles speeding on the highway are modified with parts that make them much louder, causing unwanted noise pollution.
Patrick DeChellis, LCF director of public works, said that he sent the public comments to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station Capt. Todd Deeds and a representative from the station will join the next commission meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17.
“The sheriffs will be attending the February Public Works and Traffic Commission to discuss the efforts that they’ve implemented in terms of trying to control and minimize the racing and the speeding on Angeles Crest, especially on the weekends,” DeChellis told the Outlook Valley Sun on Wednesday.
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Strong Progress Made in Containment of Bobcat Fire

Photo by Charles Hirsch / Outlook Valley Sun
Firefighters made big strides by doubling containment of the Bobcat Fire from 17% on Tuesday to 38% on Wednesday. Public Information Officer Larry Smith urged locals not to deploy recreational drones near the fires after one of the aircraft used to battle the fire was grounded due to a drone incursion on Monday.

Firefighters battling the Bobcat Fire in the Angeles National Forest made significant progress in just 24 hours, more than doubling containment of the blaze from 17% on Tuesday to 38% reported on Wednesday morning.
“Today we had a pretty successful day getting a lot of direct containment line on the fires’ edge as well as getting indirect lines in,” Kerri Gilliland, a planning operations trainee for California Incident Management, said in a Tuesday evening update.
In an update on its Twitter page, the Angeles National Forest said crews turned a corner Tuesday night “thanks to the strenuous fireline construction by firefighters working in challenging conditions. Night crews completed a critical strategic firing to link containment from Mt. Wilson to Angeles Crest Highway.”
Crews benefited from additional resources, cooler weather, humidity and transition into lighter fuels in the north. The anticipated containment date that was previously Oct. 30 has been updated to Sept. 30.
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Heartbreaking Memories Remain 10 Years After Fatal Crash on Foothill

Photo courtesy Keith Tobias In the background, a truck extends from the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after an accident on the afternoon of April 1, 2009. The runaway truck collided with the red vehicle in the foreground, killing two people and injuring at least 12, officials said.
Photo courtesy Keith Tobias
In the background, a truck extends from the Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Angeles Crest Highway after an accident on the afternoon of April 1, 2009. The runaway truck collided with the red vehicle in the foreground, killing two people and injuring at least 12, officials said.

Memories of a horrific tragedy of a big-rig truck colliding with a car, which occurred 10 years ago this week, are still fresh in many local residents’ memories. The collision, on Angeles Crest Highway just north of Foothill Boulevard on April 1, 2009, claimed two lives and injured at least 12 people in the heart of La Cañada Flintridge.
It was the lead story on many television newscasts that day and evening, and continued to be a major story in the weeks following. Continue reading “Heartbreaking Memories Remain 10 Years After Fatal Crash on Foothill”

Man Dies in Crash Near Angeles Crest; Suicide Suspected

A man in his early 30s died after he drove an SUV off Angeles Crest Highway on Monday near La Cañada Flintridge in an incident that is being investigated as a possible suicide, officials said.
Authorities were called to mile marker 31.68 around 2:30 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Gina Eguia.
The Los Angeles man “made some statements in regard to suicide,” said Eguia, who added the department’s Homicide Bureau is handling the case. Eguia did not elaborate. Continue reading “Man Dies in Crash Near Angeles Crest; Suicide Suspected”

City Lauds Residential Burglary Stymie in March

“Zero,” Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Captain Chris Blasnek said. “Zero, zero.”
He was, at Council Jonathan Curtis’ request, repeating the March tally of residential burglaries in La Cañada Flintridge.
City Council members wished to highlight the drop following an uptick late last year and early this year. In January, 14 residential burglaries were recorded in the city, followed by four in February. So far, two residential burglaries have been reported in April.
“It was a lot of hard work,” Blasnek said. “You saw the extra units, we had our burglary-robbery suppression team, and I think it worked. And it wasn’t just us; it was all the neighboring cities, as far as Agoura Hills.” Continue reading “City Lauds Residential Burglary Stymie in March”

Body Discovered North of La Cañada Flintridge

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says its homicide detectives are investigating a stabbing death of a 21-year-old Hispanic woman, identified Wednesday as Raylynn Josephine Deanna Hernandez, whose body was discovered by a hiker at about 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24, near mile marker 30.45 in Angeles National Forest, approximately four miles north La Cañada Flintridge.
According to a release from the sheriff’s, the hiker saw the victim on a hillside just off of Angeles Crest Highway. Continue reading “Body Discovered North of La Cañada Flintridge”